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SALFORD COUNCIL SET TO FLOG CONTROVERSIAL ST GEORGES PLAYING FIELD
 

Star date: 20th October 2013

CONTROVERSIAL SCHOOL SHEEP PLAYING FIELD TO BE SOLD

Salford Council is preparing to flog off the playing field of St George's RC High School in Little Hulton to developers. The controversial school playing field was centre stage in 2008 as St George's was fighting for its future, when it was revealed in the Salford Star that Salford Council had actually rented it out to a sheep farmer.

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St George's v Ramsbottom Rovers
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First Salford Council rolled over for Peel Holdings to controversially build on green field land at Burgess Farm in Little Hulton, despite a huge campaign by local residents (see previous Salford Star article – click here). Now the Council is aiming to sell off yet another green space to developers – this time, the field next door…

This particular field, on Hilton Lane, hit the headlines in 2008, at the height of the fight to keep St George's RC High School open, against Salford Council wishes. It was revealed by Salford Star (printed issue 7) that the land, which was supposed to be used as the school's playing field, had actually been rented to a sheep farmer.

Salford Star took the school's top footballers down to the pitch for a match against `Ramsbottom Rovers', starring Joey Baaarton, Frank Lambard, Shorn Wright Phillips and Alan Shearer in the EWEFA Cup (see here)…

"When we have school council the only problem people moan about is that there's not enough sports facilities available" said PE GCSE student Liam Kilcullem "So the field being given over to sheep is just a joke."

Now another bad joke is about to happen to the community, in that Salford Council, having now won the battle to shut down the school (see here), intends to flog the field to developers.

"This green field site belongs to local people and should be retained as green space for the community to enjoy, not flogged off to the highest bidder for development" says Iain Lindley, Conservative Councillor for Walkden South ward "I'm appalled that the Council are prepared to sell off the site to the detriment of residents. Labour aren't even willing to run a full consultation on the sale, but I want to hear as many views from local people as possible so that I can make representations.

"It is also a final kick in the teeth from the Council for parents, staff and pupils who fought so hard to save St George's" he adds "Not only have the Council financially starved the school into submission, but now they're planning to flog off the playing fields to fill in a black hole in the Council's finances."

Photos by Kate Furnell

life is loud wrote
at 11:40:15 on 23 October 2013
So whats new that is exactly what is happening all over Salford at least its not another Tesco
 
wrote
at 21:27:39 on 22 October 2013
And the sheeple of salford keep voting labour
 
Farm Fan wrote
at 16:55:55 on 22 October 2013
Apologies, have a feeling re comment on Cllr Antrobus in my last 'comment', I think I used the wrong spelling - should have been 'aloud' - sorry again, fighting off headache from the noise of contractors looking for mine shafts on the field!!
 
Farm Fan wrote
at 16:55:50 on 22 October 2013
Oh Mike, what an innocent you are! Due to both Labour and Tory Governments putting pressure on Salford to hit planning targets, Salford DID encourage Peel to apply. Dozens of residents attended the planning meeting to the obvious surprise of the Committee and thanks to an excellent presentation on the part of BFRG and despite Cllr Antrobus 'throwing daggers' at his Committee, the planning application was refused by one vote (at which point Cllr Antrobus said allowed, it would be 'passed on appeal' - don't you just love democracy?). The following meetings behind closed doors, at which the Committee decided not to defend its own decision to reject the application, will remain to their shame for years - well this voter won't forget anyway! If the application was not to be fast tracked through how come one Committee member let slip, she couldn't understand why they hadn't made the usual site visit? Only one of the Committee eligible to vote had bothered to visit the site proposed for 350 houses - what's the excuse of the rest? One can only assume,even with expenses paid, it wasn't worth their while! Mike, I'm sure your comments were honourably meant,but if you lived on Hilton Lane for decades as I have, and lived in the midst of all this and attended the meetings, you would know better.
 
Prisoner Irlam wrote
at 11:04:43 on 21 October 2013
Its Autumn time again and conkers are falling to the ground......SADLY SALFORD DONT HAVE ANY CONKERS or any STEEL to fight Enjoy your Orange Peel Clowncil in your lynch box
 
Salford Star wrote
at 05:15:55 on 21 October 2013
See Mike's comments below...Had you clicked on the link you would see how Salford Council invited Peel to re-submit its planning application for Burgess Farm, how its head of planning tried to do everything in his power to push the application through, how Salford Council refused to take part in the Inquiry and left residents isolated, how it basically chickened out of a fight with Peel...From the Salford Star.."the Inspector noted, Salford Council made an `express invitation' to Peel to re-submit its Burgess Farm application `with a view to it being approved before the start of this Inquiry'. Yes technically Pickles (no friend of the Salford Star) pushed the final decision through but it was laid on a plate for him by the Council. Read the link! Just for you, though, we'll change it to `rolled over'. On St George's, ask those involved why the school closed - financially forced to submit, you will find. You also miss the point of the article - that Salford Council is flogging off yet more green land - is this a lie too?
 
mike wrote
at 04:44:00 on 21 October 2013
A lot of lies in one article, would take so long to correct them, but if your let the tories twist it about planning permissions and school closures you are fools. Good journos would do full research first, Burgess Farm was REFUSED that means not given planning permission by Salford Council, Eric Pickles MP tory overturned this, a little bit of research in your OWN files would find this. St George's Governors and Salford Diocese approached the council about closing St Georges.
 
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